Cinema: New Picture, Oct. 10, 1955

The Desperate Hours (Paramount) is a thriller that jabs so shrewdly and sharply at sensibility that the moviegoer's eye might feel that it has not so much been entertained as used for a pincushion. But to melodrama fans, it may prove one of the most pleasurably prostrating evenings ever spent in a movie house.

The picture, written by Joseph Hayes, who has also compounded his felony into a hit play on Broadway, is based on his bestselling novel of the same name. It tells the story of an Indianapolis family held prisoner in its own home by three escaped convicts who are...

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